Red Ribbon Week Schedule Set
Red Ribbon Week will be observed next week at local schools, although the activities at Piggott Elementary will be limited as they'll be out on Friday. Meanwhile, a full slate is also on tap at Rector Elementary.
Joining other schools across the state and nation, Rector Elementary School will be celebrating Red Ribbon Week Oct. 22 to 26. The RES GT students, who coordinate the week’s events, have planned many activities and contests to take place during the week to show support for living a drug free life. Their theme this year is the same as the national theme, “Stay in the Game, Play Drug Free.”
The contests held during the week will be split into three categories, with a winner coming from each classroom. Students in Kindergarten and first grade will be participating in a coloring contest. Meanwhile, those in second, third and fourth grades will be designing their own drug free poster. For fifth and sixth grades, students will be asked to write an essay on “How does being drug free help them stay in the game?”
Other activities during the week include a daily guessing jar, dress-up days and a rally and parade. During the rally and parade, the community is invited to come out and support the students. The rally will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 26, in the open lot at the west end of the elementary. After the rally, all elementary students will parade around the block in support of living a drug free life.
The dress up days are as follows—Monday is pajama day, as students are invited to wear their pajamas. Tuesday is celebrity day, as students and staff will be dressing as their favorite famous person, which could be a celebrity or character. Wednesday is sports day, with students dressing in their favorite team gear. Thursday is 80s day, as students will be “turning back to the clock” to dress like it's the 1980s. In keeping with tradition, Friday will be Red Day as students are encouraged to wear red in support of the long-time observance.
“We look forward to celebrating Red Ribbon Week to celebrate living a drug free life,” RES GT instructor Lance Mabery noted. “ We would like to thank all the elementary teachers for allowing their students to participate in all of the activities during the week.”
As they have for over 30 years, students at Piggott Elementary School will observe Red Ribbon Week Oct. 22 to 25. This year's theme is “Life is Your Journey, Travel Drug Free.” For 2018, the celebration will include the annual rally and balloon launch, dress-up days and a hygiene drive—although it will be cut short as there is no school on Friday, Oct. 26.
In keeping with tradition, students and staff at PES will use the opportunity to raise awareness of the dangers of alcohol, tobacco, drugs and violence. Throughout the week there will be special theme days, and activities, encouraging and supporting a healthy drug-free lifestyle.
Monday, Oct. 22, is “Proud to be Drug Free” day and all students are encouraged to wear red. The rally and balloon launch will be held beginning at 1:30 p.m. on the playground, with special guest speaker Bro. Chris Brantley—minister of the First General Baptist Church, of Piggott, and the new Mohawk boy's head basketball coach. During the rally the winners of the coloring contest, poster contest and essay contest will be announced. The event will kick-off with the popular balloon launch.
Tuesday is “Kick Drugs to the Curb” day, as students are encouraged to wear their best boots. Wednesday will be “Hats Off to be Drug Free” as they'll be wearing their favorite hat or cap. And, Thursday will be “Looking Forward to a Bright Future” day as the students and staff at PES will be wearing brightly-colored clothing and sunglasses to celebrate a life free from drugs.
A more-recent tradition will also continue, as students will be conducting a hygiene drive. During the week the students are encouraged to bring soap, shampoo, toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant and other items to be donated. The deadline for making a donation is noon on Thursday, and the grade level which brings the most items will be treated to a popcorn party.
“Talk to your children about the benefits of living a drug-free life,” PES counselor Barbara Batey noted. “Together we can provide a united effort to maintain a drug-free school and community.”